Ceremonial Cowrie and Beans Mask

LE BEL OBJET

MH000016

This fascinating ceremonial mask from Papua is made of coffee bean shells and cowrie shells embroidered on a crochet base. Complimented by a nose piercing handcrafted out of sea shells, the mask is traditionally worn in dances during ceremonial occasions. Nose piercings symbolises masculinity and serves a purpose of instilling fear in rivals.

All pieces are traditionally handcrafted which is why no two pieces are the same. Each has a slight difference in size, shape and/or color contributing to the uniqueness and originality of each beautiful piece.

This beautiful piece measures 58 cm in height - inclusive of the stand.

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